Unai Emery leaves back his notes in office after the game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal have made a reasonable start to the new season by procuring seven points from the opening four games. What’s more impressive is they have already played Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur before the international break. They lost to Liverpool, while they came back from a 2-0 deficit to level parity with Spurs.
The Gunners started the game on a higher ante, but they were hit on the break by Christian Eriksen in the 10th minute. The Gunners looked bleak for a while in breaking their defence down and paid the price for staying up the pitch. They were lucky to escape when Heung Min Son’s shot was parried away by Bernd Leno, but the visitors extended the lead to two before the half an hour mark.
Son was brought down by Xhaka inside the penalty box, which saw Harry Kane scoring past Leno calmly. Just moments before the half-time, Alexandre Lacazette took an exquisite touch to score from an improbable angle to cut down the deficit to one. The Gunners were a different animal in the second half with constant pressure on the opponents.
They were struggling to find the final touch, but eventually found one through their talisman Aubameyang in the 71st minute. Matteo Guendouzi had the vision to pick out the striker inside the penalty box. For the rest of the game, Spurs sat back and invited pressure. They eventually saw out the game by going home with a point.
After the game, Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s note was left back in the office.
It was the basic starting eleven with the instructions to mark their opponents and make runs accordingly. Even though Emery was not tactically astute in the first half, some of his alterations in the second half paid off, resulting in a dramatic draw.